University of Wisconsin–Madison

Dean Krouk
Assistant Professor, Nordic

Languages: Norwegian

Research/Language Interests: modern and contemporary Norwegian literature; modernist studies; fascism and anti-fascism; Scandinavian history; memory studies

Education: Ph.D. and M.A. in Scandinavian, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Chicago

Affiliated Departments: Center for European Studies

Undergraduate Courses: The Drama of Henrik Ibsen (Scand 422 / Theater 335 / LitTrans 335), Memory and Literature (Scand 428 / LitTrans 428), Readings in Norwegian Literature (Scand 251), History of Scandinavia to 1815 (Scand / History 431), History of Scandinavia since 1815 (Scand / History 432)

Graduate Courses: Research Methods and Professional Development (Scand 630)

About Me: I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and came to UW-Madison in 2015, after teaching Norwegian language and literature at St. Olaf College in Minnesota for several years. My research and teaching focus on modern Scandinavian literature, intellectual history, and cultural memory, particularly the Norwegian context. I also teach courses about the history of the Nordic region. My first book, Fascism and Modernist Literature in Norway, was published in 2017 with the University of Washington Press. In addition, I have published articles about the work of authors such as Knut Hamsun, Karl Ove Knausgård, Kjartan Fløgstad, and Henrik Ibsen, and contributed to The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism and The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.

Selected Publications


Fascism and Modernist Literature in Norway. University of Washington Press. Published 2017.

Selected articles

"Falling Silent: Holocaust Trauma and the Breakdown of Postmemory in Merethe Lindstrøm’s Dager i stillhetens historie (2011)"

“Gress, istykkerskrevet: Knausgård som en leser av Paul Celan i Min kamp.” “Så tæt på livet som muligt. Tolkninger af Karl Ove Knausgårds Min kamp.” Ed. Claus Elholm Andersen. Copenhagen, Spring forlag. 2017. [“Grass, written asunder: Knausgård as a Reader of Paul Celan in My Struggle]

“Contesting the Collective Memory of Nazism in Norway: The Case of Kjartan Fløgstad’s Novel Grense Jakobselv (2009).” Scandinavica. Vol. 55, no. 2, 2016.

“Forest Fictions: Thomas Bernhard’s Holzfällen and Henrik Ibsen’s Vildanden.” Scandinavian Studies. University of Illinois Press, 2014.

“Sideshadowing Hamsun’s Fascism.” Knut Hamsun: Transgression and Worlding. Ed. Ståle Dingstad et al. Trondheim, Norway: Tapir Forlag, 2011.